Battery H

1st Rhode Island Light Artillery

Descendants Association

(Went Forward On April 2, 1865 With The Infantry Assault To Provide Close Support)

Participated in the Breakthrough Battle at Petersburg on April 2, 1865

Fought on or near the present day grounds of Pamplin Historical Park

Organized at Providence October 14. 1862. Left State for Washington, D.C., October 23. Attached to Camp Barry, Military District of Washington, October, 1862. Stannard's 2nd Brigade, Casey's Division, Military District Washington, to February, 1863. Artillery, Casey's Division, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington, to April, 1863. Artillery, Abercrombie's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to May, 1863. 3rd Brigade, DeRussy's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to November, 1863. Camp Barry, 22nd Army Corps, to April, 1864. Artillery, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to May, 1864. Reserve Artillery, 9th Army Corps, to June, 1864. 2nd Brigade, DeRussy's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to July, 1864. 1st Brigade, DeRussy's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to October, 1864. City Point, Va., Dept. Virginia and North Carolina, to December, 1864. Artillery Reserve, Army Potomac, to January, 1865. Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps, to June, 1865.

SERVICE. Duty at Camp Barry, Washington, D.C., until January, 1863. Moved to Fairfax Station January 19-23, and duty there until March 23. Moved to Union Mills March 23, and duty there until May 20. Moved to Chantilly, Va., May 20, and duty there until June 25. Moved to Fairfax C. H. June 25, thence to Arlington Heights, and duty in the Defenses of Washington, south of the Potomac, until April, 1864. Rapidan Campaign May 3-10. Battle of the Wilderness May 5-7. Spotsylvania May 8-10. March to Fredericksburg, thence to Aquia Creek May 10-18, thence moved to Washington. Duty at Fort Richardson until July 10, and at Fort Smith until October 16. At Camp Barry until October 25. Moved to City Point, Va., October 25-26, and duty there until January 2, 1865. Ordered to join Army Potomac January 2. Siege of Petersburg January 2-April 2. Fort Fisher, Petersburg, March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Sailor's Creek April 6. High Bridge and Farmville April 7. Appomattox C. H. April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Danville April 23-27, thence to Burkesville Station May 3-6. Moved to Washington, D.C., via City Point and Richmond May 20-June 7. Corps Review June 8. Ordered to Providence, R. I., June 13, and mustered out June 28, 1865. Discharged July 3, 1865.

Battery lost during service 2 Enlisted men killed and 10 Enlisted men by disease. Total 12.

Source - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer



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